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Dr Dental – Teeth Development
10/11/19

Your baby’s first teeth usually begin to erupt through the gums at about six months of age, although the timing will vary among children. All of the 20 primary teeth should come in between the ages of six months and three years. Your child will lose his or her primary teeth between the ages of six and eleven. Their fist permanent teeth usually erupts behind the primary teeth at about age six. The last permanent teeth usually erupts between the ages of 12 and 21.

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Dr Dental – Sticky Candy is Scary for Your Teeth
10/04/19

With Halloween around the corner it is a good idea to know about sticky and sugary candy and what it can do to your teeth. Food texture can create issues for your teeth. Sticky substances seem to find their way in-between your teeth and along your gum line. The bacteria in your mouth interacts with the sugars to weaken your tooth enamel. Therefore avoid such candies as toffee and anything gummy if you do eat this type of treat be extra diligent with your flossing and brushing afterwards.

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Dr Dental – Wine
10/01/19

Wine may get better with age but did you know it also ages your teeth? With high acidic content wine starts to wear down on your teeth’s enamel almost immediately. Wine also stains teeth and can cause dry mouth. After drinking wine have a glass of water to help rinse your mouth if possible.

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Dr Dental – Coffee and Tea
09/28/19

Although one coffee and tea can be one of our morning and afternoon favorite beverage, they have compounds called tannins, which can cause unsightly stains and discoloring of your teeth. Therefore to avoid staining your teeth try and limited the amount of coffee and or tea you drink throughout the day. If you are going to be drinking coffee and tea do so with a straw to limited contact with your teeth. Also avoid slowly drinking this types of drinks, it can be fun to hang out a the local coffee house and babying the one cup of coffee during your hour or more stay but it is not so fun for your teeth

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Dr Dental – Coalition asks Congress to address Medicaid Funding Shortfall in U.S. Territories
09/24/19

Washington — The Partnership for Medicaid is asking legislators to address a pending Medicaid fiscal cliff that could affect patients and providers in U.S. territories, including American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In a June 20 letter, the coalition — which includes the ADA — asked leaders of the House and Senate to address the cliff before the Sept. 30 deadline.

Source: ADA

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Dr Dental, Teething at Four Months.
09/21/19

Question: My son just turn four month old and I think he is already teething. This is our first child, so we are not sure when a baby will normally start teething. Can they teeth at four month? Should I take him to see a dentist or a doctor?

Answer: There are babies that do start to teeth as soon as three months so do not be too worried if your baby it teething a four months. Some of the signs of teething would be: Drooling, Sucking on their hands and fists, fuss more, sleep less and all kinds of good stuff like that. There are teething products you can get at most stores, or if you have it Baby R Us that is a good place to go too. If you are worried about the teething process you can either go to your babies doctor or pediatric dentist either one should be able to help you. Go to the one you feel best about.

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Dr Dental, Dental Prophylaxis
09/18/19

Under most dental insurance plans preventive dental services such as general or basic cleanings are covered at no cost to you. The common dental term used for this type of cleaning is dental prophylaxis, which is a scaling and polishing procedure performed to remove coronal plaque, calculus, and stains.

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Dr Dental – Association files complaint with FTC, FDA against SmileDirect Club
09/14/19

ADA acts ‘out of concern for consumer safety, customer recourse’

The Association announced July 11 it sent a complaint letter to the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, raising concerns over aspects of SmileDirect Club’s marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of plastic teeth aligners.

The letter, sent on June 27, comes about two months after the Association filed a citizen’s petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, stating that SmileDirect Club is placing the public at risk by knowingly evading the FDA’s “by prescription only” restriction the agency has placed on teeth aligning materials.

“The ADA took these actions out of concern for patient safety and to enable consumers to take action when negative treatment outcomes occur,” said Dr. Jeffrey M. Cole, ADA president.

Source: ADA

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Dr Dental, What is a Periodontist
09/11/19

Question: I went to the dentist the other day and I had no cavities which I though was good since I have not seen a dentist in many years prior to this point. I was told by the dentist that I do have gum disease and that I need to see a Periodontist.

Why would I need to see a Periodontist? I do not have dental insurance and I know if I go to one of those Periodontist people it will cost me way more then I can afford. Is it really all that important that I go? After all my teeth are just fine.

Reply: One thing you may want to keep in mind is that when you go to a dentist the dentist is not thinking about whether or not you can afford to do what they suggest to you.

The dentist is telling you only what he/she feel is the best thing for your oral health care. One would not refer you to a specialist if they did not believe that would be the best thing for you. At some point you need to tell the dentist that you can not afford to go to a specialist right now so you need to do the next best thing.

The dentist may tell you how important it is to see a specialist, however if comes down to it they know it would be better for them to do what you can afford to have done then for you to do nothing at all. Dentist are not mind readers if you do not explain to them what you can and can not afford to do then do not get upset because they are telling you something that is costly and you can not afford it.

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Dr Dental- Dental Laboratory Accountability Bill Signed into Law
09/07/19

The Washington State Dental Association and Washington State Dental Laboratory Association worked together to lead a successful legislative effort to implement ADA policy on dental laboratory registration.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the dental laboratory registration and disclosure bill into law April 19, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Commencing on New Year’s Day, all dental labs serving dentists in Washington state will be required to:

• Register with the state department of health.
• Disclose in writing to the dentist what materials are in each device or prosthetic.
• Disclose in writing to the dentist the city, state and country where each device or prosthetic was made.
• Have at least one lab technician annually complete 12 hours of continuing education or who is a certified dental technician.

Source: ADA

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Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation
09/04/19

A Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation will typically includes evaluation of periodontal conditions, probing and charting, evaluation and recording of the patient’s dental and medical history and general health assessment. It may also include the evaluation and recording of dental caries, missing or unerupted teeth, restorations, occlusal relationships and oral cancer screening.

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Dr Dental- Federal legislation would bar dental, vision plans from setting fees for non-covered services
09/02/19

The Dental and Optometric Care Access Act was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives July 15, proposing federal legislation that would prohibit dental and vision plans from setting fees for noncovered services.

The bill, H.R. 3762, also called the DOC Access Act, is supported by the ADA and American Optometric Association.

Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, reintroduced H.R. 3762. The legislation would prohibit all federally regulated plans from mandating that dentists discount their normal fee when the fee is for a service not covered by the plan. The bill also would also prohibit plans from imposing restrictions on medical plan participation and setting limits on a doctor’s choice of lab.

Source: ADA

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Dr Dental- Oral Evaluation
08/30/19

Detailed And Extensive Oral Evaluation Problem Focused

A detailed and extensive problem-focused evaluation entails extensive diagnostic and cognitive modalities based on the findings of a comprehensive oral evaluation. Integration of more extensive diagnostic modalities to develop a treatment plan for a specific problem is required. The condition requiring this type of evaluation should be described and documented. Examples of conditions requiring this type of evaluation may include dentofacial anomalies, complicated perio-prosthetic conditions, complex temporomandibular dysfunction, facial pain of unknown origin, severe systemic diseases requiring multi-disciplinary consultation, etc.

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Need Dental Insurance? DrDental.com Has plans Starting at 7.95 A Month
08/27/19

Our insurance plans make having dental care more affordable. Our lower cost HMO plans have no waiting periods or Maximums annual limitations.

We also however do provide PPO and Indemnity plans that will let you stay with your choose your own dentist. we also have a PPO plan without waiting periods depending on the state you are in. Check our our dental insurance option on line today. Just enter your Zip code in the quote box provided to review all our available dental insurance plan options. Have Questions? Call our customer service line at 310-534-3444 M-F 8am – 4pm as we are always happy to assist you with finding the right plan for your dental care needs.

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Preventative Measures Paves Way to Tackling Gum Disease.
08/23/19

The unexpected findings could pave the way for the development of preventative measures in tackling gum, by manipulating the normal bacteria in the same way that probiotic yogurt works to protect the intestine.Researchers at Queen Mary’s Blizard Institute, including Medical Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellow Mark Payne, worked with scientists in the US; they published their findings in the journal Cell Host and Microbe.

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Dr Dental, What is a Comprehensive Oral Evaluation
01/16/18

A comprehensive oral evaluation is typically used by a general dentist and/or a dental specialist when evaluating a patient comprehensively. A comprehensive oral evaluation is a thorough evaluation and recording of the extraoral and intraoral hard and soft tissues. It may require interpretation of information acquired through additional diagnostic procedures. This would include the evaluation and recording of the patient’s dental and medical history and a general health assessment. It may typically include the evaluation and recording of dental decay, missing or unerupted teeth, restorations, occlusal relationships, periodontal conditions (including periodontal charting), hard and soft tissue anomalies, etc.

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Dr Dental, Scaling and Root Planing
01/14/18

Dental Insurance Care for Scaling and Root Planning

Question: I do not have dental insurance but I went to a dentist the other day since it been about three years since I last been to one.  $200 latter I am told that I need to have a Scaling and Root Planning.  Which the dentist told me it is because I do not floss. I do not doubt what the dentist is telling me it just without dental insurance I am talking about another $700.00 to be spent.  Will getting dental insurance now help me out.

Reply: Yes all you need to do is compare the coverage’s cost for the dental services you need to have to what your cost would be without then get the better of the plans. You would however want to review our HMO insurance plans and or dental discount plans as these are the plan types that will not have a waiting period for the service you current need. However, you may have to change to a different dental provider

 

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Dr Dental, Knowing your Baby’s Mouth.
01/12/18

While in most cases your baby will let you know when he or she is teeth, there are other changes that can go on in their mouth that is harder to detect. Having good oral hygiene requires looking inside your baby’s mouth for any unusual changes. One common infection in infants mouths would be oral thrush. This is an overgrowth of yeast which can affect anyone, but more commonly appears in babies younger than six months. While oral thrush often disappears on its own, gum disease may progress. Taking your infant to see a dentist another very important part of promoting good oral healthcare. It is suggested that a baby see a dentist when they cut their first tooth but no latter then their first birthday.

 

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Dr Dental, How Does Dental Insurance Work.
01/08/18

Question: I do not currently have dental insurance and thought about getting some. However what I been looking at it seems that the cost of dental insurance does not match the benefits received.

Reply: You may be reviewing dental PPO plans. Dental PPO plans are really long term dental insurance something you are going to keep for at least a few years. Since these plan have waiting periods. They are worth getting but you need to keep the limitations in mind. Otherwise you may wish to review dental HMO plan which are generally lower cost dental insurance plans that do not have waiting periods.

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Dr Dental, Maintaining Dental Care During Pregnancy.
01/06/18

Generally most routine X-rays can be put of until after you have your baby. However if you do have a more serious dental problem that needs immediate attention, it’s very unlikely that a low level of radiation would cause a problem for your baby as long as your dentist takes the appropriate precautions, according to the American Pregnancy Association.

 

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